Sweet, romantic, charming, homespun - that's the essence of cottage kitchen design!
Imagine yourself in this comfy, casual bungalow kitchen.
Everything here says "HOME."
Homey style, white cabinetry, wood accents, old-fashioned charm give this style its warmth and character.
What's cottage style without beadboard?
You can use touches of it everywhere - cabinets, walls, even the ceiling!
The ceiling - finished with wood, wallpaper and beadboard - was raised to accommodate a fan.
This unusual deep copper sink was found in an antique store.
Collectibles galore - for use, not just display - are stored on counters, shelves and in glass-front kitchen cupboards.
Mixing styles is always an option, too, such as using glass-front cabinets and bin pulls in a more traditional-style kitchen.
Or add beadboard to walls to soften the look of a plain cabinet style, or as wainscoting to give the room more homey charm.
An island with wood countertop and cottage-style cabinetry can often work well with traditional design.
If you can incorporate a kitchen table area, repeat the cottage design with vintage table linens. Keep chairs simple and sturdy. Add table decor of a potted plant for a centerpiece.
Use lace, dotted swiss, or ruffled curtains in soft florals or checks.
Thinking of remodeling?
Keep a notebook or scrapbook of notes, clippings and ideas.
Kitchen magazines are expensive - look through them in the grocery checkout line. If you see pix of a kitchen you really like, buy that magazine.
Stop in at home centers and pick up any free cabinet manufacturers' catalogs.